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Commission votes to include bicycle lanes on Westside

LOS ANGELES — The city’s Planning Commission voted Feb. 11 in favor of keeping intact proposals to put bicycle lanes along streets in South Los Angeles and the Westside, despite opposition to the routes by a pair of City Council members.

The proposed bicycle lanes are part of the “enhanced bicycle network” included in Mobility Plan 2035, the city’s long-range transportation plan that was adopted by the City Council recently.

Councilman Paul Koretz is pushing to nix a proposed bicycle route along Westwood Boulevard, near the UCLA campus, and Councilman Curren Price opposes the bike lanes proposed for Central Avenue in South Los Angeles.

Both say the bike lanes would be unsafe due to narrow streets and the amount of existing traffic from other vehicles that use the route.

Bicycle activists say the lanes are needed on the two commercial streets in order to keep cyclists safe as they fulfill daily errands, such as going to an ATM or buying groceries, and commute to school or work.

The commission sided with the bicycle activists, saying the two proposed bicycle lane segments deserve study. In addition to keeping the proposed routes in the mobility plan, the Planning Commission also included language aimed at making sure alternative routes will be seriously considered.

Commission President David Ambroz said the bicycle network “is an aspirational document that has many public engagement processes before it, before we actually build a bike lane, and I want to keep all of the cards on the table for that discussion to be had in the future.”

Ambroz also noted that he supports the Westwood Boulevard bicycle lanes, saying that while attending law school at UCLA, he “deeply” feared for his life when riding his bike to campus.

The City Council will also consider Price and Koretz’s motions to remove the two proposed routes from the mobility plan’s bicycle network.